King Solomon’s posting guidelines

20 Feb

I think the book of Proverbs has a few things to say to us humans who inhabit faceless online identities on social media, forums or “below the line”. Thanks to King Solomon for these ancient posting (and reading) guidelines. And feel free to slap me with them when necessary. Which one strikes a chord for you?

FB proverbs opinions

The words of the reckless pierce like swords,
    but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
    but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

Fools show their annoyance at once,
    but the prudent overlook an insult.

An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends
    and against all sound judgment starts quarrels.

Whoever derides their neighbour has no sense,
    but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.

The simple believe anything,
    but the prudent give thought to their steps.

A heart at peace gives life to the body,
    but envy rots the bones.

Where there is strife, there is pride,
    but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
    but with humility comes wisdom.

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